A MODEM WITH OVERSEAS CONNECTIONS
SENDING AND RECEIVING DATA AND FAXES BY COMPUTER IS taken for granted by road warriors within the U.S. But take your laptop to Europe or Asia, and you'll probably encounter all sorts of incompatibilities--from strange jacks in hotel walls to fax machines that can't receive your fax because they require some peculiar protocol about which your machine has no clue. It's usually even more difficult to send and receive through analog cellular phones, which present their own set of incompatibilities.
So, Apex Data Inc. is coming out with the ClipperCom data/fax modem for IBM PC-compatible laptops. It comes with graphical software that lets travelers indicate which country they're in and then configures the modem's settings accordingly. Able to move data at up to 28,800 bits per second and faxes at half that speed, the modem can adjust to work with more than 50 different cellular phones, too. The unit has been officially certified by phone authorities for use in 32 countries. ClipperCom will be available in July from Apex, a subsidiary of Smart Modular Technologies, a maker of PC cards in Fremont, Calif. List price: $295.
EDITED BY AMY CORTESE By John Verity
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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